When the body of Thomas Magner's business partner is found dead in his car on the outskirts of Anstruther, all evidence points to suicide. And Magner himself, a wealthy property developer, is currently under investigation for a series of alleged rapes from 30 years ago. In total 15 women are prepared to go to court to testify against Magner but one by one they inexplicably withdraw their complaints until only five remain. With the CPS now reconsidering its case, one of Magner's accusers is killed in a hit-and-run - and the abandoned car is found to be registered to one T Magner.
DCI Andy Gilchrist is assigned to the hit-and-run case and soon discovers that Magner's murky past is very much seeping into the present. How did he acquire his wealth? How his first wife die? And why did his business partner commit suicide?And was Magner a serial rapist in his youth? Or was he something far worse?
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Gilchrist grows on you. The first novel was good but I still had my reservations. The character was still being developed. As the series has progressed Muir has nailed it and created a character with as much credibility as the Logan McRae's and Rebus's of this Scottish genre. Just when you think there cannot be a more gruesome murder Muir gives you some and these
are truly vile. Gilchrist's team work. They are real and credible and Muir doesn't insist on happy endings. The reading by David Monteith is exceptional, both he and T J Muir are definitely on my list of favourites.
"Best ever down load"
Fast pace thrill
Jessie, loved the wild spontaneous gritty remarks and her bucking of the status quo. Fantastic character.
The reality of the fear of the dodermans and the recall
White knuckle ride, bring a pal to walk you home!
After a few duff down loads I am restored by an exciting listen. Am in very critical mode as laid low with back injury. Only thing keeping me sane is Audible!
"Looking forward to more from this author!"
D.I. Gilchrist is a very likeable character and doesn't have a drinking problem so the reader doesn't have to spend ages sludging through endless diversions about his personal life. This is a well-written and fast paced investigation that will keep your interest from start to finish. It all starts when a family man is found dead in his car - apparently a suicide which would seem to be confirmed when the slaughter of the man's family is discovered a little later. The brutal killing of his wife and other details of the man's death contradict this hypothesis and Gilchrist and his team set out to find the culprit. The narrator is excellent.
"Very well read and keeps you gripped!"
I'm a big fan of this series and was so pleased to see a new book released.
I enjoy listening to David Monteath - he really is a great narrator to fit with the setting. Story wasn't as strong as the others but nonetheless I was hooked and very disappointed when it finished!
"Another Brilliant DI Gilchrist book - Gripping"
I have read all of these series and think they are all great. Muir creates excellent characters and hugely tense situations. I listened to this pretty much every spare moment for three days. If you have followed the series it is really interesting to see Gilchrists new sidekick from the last book, Jessie, gain greater depth and profile. She is still hostile and spiky but with a much bigger input to the story - a brilliant sidekick for Gilchrist. Like all the previous books the book leads up to a real 'roller coaster' tense ending which left me holding my breath on a number of occasions. The narrator David Monteath does another brilliant job with fantastic voices which really enhance a great novel.
Brilliant, gripping and I cant wait until the next one comes out.
"I have loved this series"
I love the narrator .
The most memorable moment for me was the sight of the first murder.
It was gripping
"Another good Gilchrist story"
I've read all the Gilchist stories and this one doesn't disappoint. As another reviewer mentioned, this one is pretty gory but I didn't think that detracts from the enjoyment. It's a well constructed storyline, moving the plot along nicely until the climax and without wanting to spoil the ending for listeners, I could feel myself in the darkness as the denouement unfolded. Very well read again by David Monteath, he reminds me of David Tennant sometimes with his easy to listen to tones.
"Not for the Squeamish"
It has to be said that none of the Gilchrist books have exactly been for the squeamish, the plots have tended towards relatively gruesome crimes. However, in The Meating room T F Muir really goes for broke in attempting to wrest the crown of psycho capital of Scotland towards St Andrews and away from Glasgow and Edinburgh. It quickly becomes obvious that this is a story of the macabre, the description of the book’s second crime scene is genuinely disturbing making this poorly suited to reading with your supper!
If, like me, you can get over that then this is the most action-packed of the series to date and the ending is a breathless scene-switching caper that does take just a little suspension of belief. Muir really puts his characters through their paces and isn’t scared to let a little tragedy into their own personal worlds.
In all this one ups the ante in many ways but still retains the excellent characters that Muir has built for the series. Once you understand Jessie she becomes more real and Gilchrist, well he’s still the maverick, still gets into silly scrapes and is still entertaining because of it. The narration from David Monteath is as good as ever.
Still happy to recommend this series!
"Preferred the earlier books"
I have read all of the series, but find them less satisfying than previously. The character of Jessie wasn't quite so annoying as in the last book but she is quite unbelievable and no idea why she has a son who is deaf, a superfluous non-character. The earlier books had a better sense of the town, which is why is like books about 'real' places in other countries. I think the author needs a change of direction, either for the main character or his books in general.
Listened to them all, great narrator can't believe I'll have to wait I'll next year for the next one. Plus ages before Audible get it. Well recommended.
"Good but not amazing"
I might but too many others to read first
not my place to re-write an authors book
Yes, very well done
Not the best I've listened to but still worth reading
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